SPINSTERS AND CATS
Craziness and being a cat person is usually associated with spinsters - the obvious sign that you are never going to get married is that you own a cat (or two, or three). It might be the symbol for spinsters, but there is another stage of life where cat ownership sneaks up on you and that's Midlife. Before you know it you've become one of those crazy people who need to de-hair their clothes before they leave the house.
DOG LOVERS WITH A CAT ON THE SIDE
From the moment I met my husband, we were dog people. He owned a Border Collie and later we owned a cross-breed (or mongrel as my husband referred to her), and finally a Jack Russell cross who was part of our lives for 14 years until he passed away a couple of years ago.
Somewhere along the line we added a cat to the mix. Cats are the easiest pets - they are neat and tidy, toilet themselves, aren't particularly demanding, and love to curl up on your lap or next to you in the evenings. What's not to like?
AND FROM THERE TO CRAZY CAT PEOPLE
Once our old dog departed to Dog Heaven we decided that we'd reached a stage in life (with no kids at home any more) where a dog needed too much time and attention. They love to be loved and they need to have owners who walk them, and wash them, and groom them, and pat them, and play with them, and the list goes on. We were no longer those people.
We just wanted a pet who was happy to see us and then happy to co-exist in a fairly non-demanding manner, hence we became cat people. We added a second cat to our family and haven't looked back. So from dog lovers to crazy cat people - another step in the Midlife journey.
|Our two delightfully different cat children|
See you tomorrow for D - which is for Midlife and Depression.